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The Baltimore Sun

2014 Best Picture Contenders

'Her' Argument for: Filmmaker Spike Jonze has a strong, devoted following, and his movies have earned nominations for the likes of Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper (who won for ¿Adaptation.¿). ¿Her,¿ a probing, highly imaginative look at love and loneliness, could connect on a deep enough level to make this Jonze's first nominated film. Argument against: The movie's surreal aspects could be off-putting to those with more conventional tastes. If you don't laugh at Joaquin Phoenix commanding his device, ¿Play melancholy song.¿ Pause. ¿Play different melancholy song,¿ then this film probably isn't on your list.Warner Bros. Pictures